A Michigan federal judge refused Friday to let a nationwide collective action against General Motors get in gear, saying former GM workers alleging the carmaker shorted them on pay failed to show they had enough in common with ex-employees beyond their immediate metropolitan area.
Lindsay Hecox just wanted to run. She found herself at the center of one of the fiercest debates in the nation's perpetual LGBTQ culture wars.
The Fourth Circuit on Friday narrowly affirmed a $5.1 million award in a suit accusing a trucking company of severely injuring a man's foot, leading to its amputation, saying the trial judge didn't err by giving certain jury instructions regarding the company's status as an employer.
In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, Morrison & Foerster LLP partner Miriam H. Wugmeister digs into growing concerns among in-house counsel about the increased personal data they'll likely need to collect to safely reopen their businesses and how her homebound colleagues and clients are teaming up to fight hackers remotely.
A group of LG and Samsung workers has failed to persuade the Ninth Circuit to breathe new life into their claims that the mobile tech giants used no-poach deals to stand in the way of labor competition.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday signed off on Borden Dairy Co.'s Chapter 11 sale after the buyers agreed to honor the collective bargaining agreements between the debtor and its workers' unions, a point of contention that delayed the court's blessing.
A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge shut down JPMorgan's attempt to score an early win in a lawsuit by the agency's enforcement unit claiming the investment bank paid female employees less than their male counterparts when carrying out its government contracts.
A Chinese businesswoman who admitted to participating in a scheme to commit visa fraud was sentenced to 37 months in prison in Illinois federal court Friday.
In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association's chief executive officer discusses how a surge of COVID-19 is affecting patients of different ages, policy priorities involving litigation immunity and emergency waivers, and how large urban hospitals are scrambling to shuttle in personnel and serve patients from other areas.
As the fourth month of COVID-19 winds down, bankruptcy filings across several industries continue to increase. The tendrils of the economic disruption wrought by the pandemic have worked their way further into the energy and retail sectors and toppled a longtime staple in the family entertainment industry.
The National Labor Relations Board's top prosecutor wants to make it easier for workers to win back pay awards from unions they say didn't fulfill a legal duty to fight unfair firings or other discipline, according to a memo released Friday.
Canada's top court ruled Friday that Uber must face a nearly US$300 million class action alleging it misclassified drivers as independent contractors, saying that arbitration agreements it foisted on them were too one-sided.
The Seventh Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's summary judgment in favor of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in an employee's suit claiming sex and disability discrimination, retaliation and failure to accommodate her disability, ruling the "undisputed facts" showed no evidence of wrongdoing by the pharmaceutical giant.
Data analytics startup hiQ Labs Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that made way for the startup to scrape LinkedIn's publicly available information in order to resell it, arguing that the appeals court's reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to exclude viewing and gathering public information is correct.
A Massachusetts engineering firm fought back against a claim that it fired an employee because he asked to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying Friday that the worker simply abandoned his job after the request was denied and he offered no proof of discrimination.
A Chicago sports data provider is accusing its former chief technology officer of stealing trade secrets and refusing to give back company information, and says when she was terminated, she left behind an "intimidating" screensaver cautioning the company to "think twice."
Although the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent edict that businesses can't force returning employees to take COVID-19 antibody tests doesn't preclude employers from asking workers to take tests voluntarily, companies risk legal trouble if antibody detection is part of their reopening plan, experts say.
Workers can take federal coronavirus leave to care for kids if the pandemic disrupted a demonstrable plan to send them to summer camp, even if they weren't enrolled when the virus hit, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday in one of two new COVID-19 guidance letters.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Houston compounding pharmacist and self-proclaimed "Compound King" to 10 years in prison for his role in a scheme that fraudulently billed the government about $21.8 million for medically unnecessary creams and gels.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $134,000 settlement Thursday with a Mexican company that it said underpaid Mexican workers employed in an American warehouse, a deal the agency described as marking the start of an effort to weed out labor abuses in the warehousing industry along the border.
A legal interpretation offered by the Internal Revenue Service helped lead the federal government to send $1.4 billion worth of pandemic-related stimulus payments to people who have died, according to a government watchdog report published Thursday.
Uber drivers' claims that the ride-hailing giant deprived them of benefits by misclassifying them as independent contractors are likely to survive dismissal efforts, a California federal judge said Thursday, the same day California's attorney general sought a preliminary injunction to force both Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees.
The Eleventh Circuit restored much of a $348 million False Claims Act jury verdict against a nursing home manager previously overturned by a district court judge, saying Thursday that a whistleblower had adequately shown the materiality of the company's Medicare overbilling.
A California federal judge on Thursday tossed DoorDash drivers' Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit accusing the app-based food delivery startup of misclassifying workers but gave the drivers leave to amend and warned DoorDash that "it's frankly not going to take that much" for them to successfully replead the case.
A former Hertz CEO wants a New Jersey federal court to throw out the car rental outfit's lawsuit claiming he refused to give back millions of dollars in incentive pay after a huge accounting scandal.
Even before the pandemic, troubling data about mental distress among lawyers pointed to a profession in crisis, but addressing the challenge requires a better understanding of the causes, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna Corp.
Labor arbitrators considering virtual hearings during the pandemic must assess videoconference platforms, determine their authority to hear the case online, and evaluate whether it is appropriate to do so, say members of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
The U.S. Supreme Court's admirably clear decision in Bostock v. Clayton County shuts down forever the unsavory argument by employers that federal law is silent on workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people, but LGBT employees will now need to defend this holding against a growing wave of religious-liberty claims, says R. Scott Oswald at The Employment Law Group.
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act broadens critical exceptions and safe harbors for employers who must balance reopening with workplace safety, but falls short by failing to clarify and correct two important provisions of the program, says Christina Strasser at Williams Parker.
The Ninth Circuit's certification order last week in Fast Trak v. Sax presents an important opportunity for the New York high court to affirm the consensus among courts — litigation finance transactions are not loans subject to usury laws, say Wendie Childress and William Marra at Validity Finance.
Designing reasonable policies and procedures under the California Consumer Privacy Act — even in the absence of clear statutory guidance — is a task that may become more urgent as plaintiffs already have taken advantage of the act's private right of action, say attorneys at Buckley.
Trial attorneys who have a tough time preparing witnesses, especially for cross-examination, should think about the four stages of competence and how they apply to people called upon to testify under oath, says Jeff Dougherty at Litigation IQ.
Attorneys at Troutman Sanders answer key questions about using employee health information to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including whether screenings are required and how to approach data collection and storage.
The white, male power structure has eased the path for lawyers like me for far too long, and we should now be responsible for dismantling this systemic bias within the legal industry, says Scott McLaughlin at Eversheds Sutherland.
Glenn Kuper and Jeffrey Jarman at Tsongas Litigation Consulting share findings from their recent study investigating the influence of pandemic-related corporate good behavior on trial outcomes.
In light of the Trump administration's efforts to limit the enforcement of regulations during the pandemic and beyond, and the U.S. Supreme Court's severe limitations on private rights of action, Congress must take swift action, says attorney Todd Phillips.
As law firms continue to experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that they reduce reliance on just a few rainmakers and foster a culture that makes business development a way of life for everyone — from junior associates to senior partners, says Elise Holtzman at The Lawyer's Edge.
Asset management companies should carefully address the risks COVID-19 presents for closing M&A deals as buyers consider how to get transactions done in the current environment, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.
Companies regulated under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations should consider the unique opportunity to publicly comment on whether the Department of State should extend a temporary reduction in certain compliance obligations due to COVID-19, which may be key to remaining operational during the pandemic, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
When college campuses reopen in the fall, an unprecedented amount of lawsuits and legal challenges are expected to follow, but there are strategies universities can employ to reduce their exposure to liability, says Lisa Lori at Klehr Harrison.